109,300 miles, 11 years - reliable, but not as long lasting as other Toyota cars
By techguy5 on
2002 Toyota Prius 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Have had this car since 2004 CPO buy -- early adopter on hybrid technology. Excellent reliability, with caveats. MPG ranged from 45 to 50 MPG in the first 4-5 years -- huge money saver for someone commuting in heavy Los Angeles traffic. Main hybrid battery replaced under warranty around 80K just under 10 year warranty; again replaced battery around 90K after replacement battery saw failed battery cell (replaced by Toyota out of warranty, no charge, for failure analysis @ factory). Currently getting 39 to 45 MPG -- but have had an unexplained failure to start. No other major repairs. Great car, but don't think will get it to the 250K+ you can get from other non-hybrid Toyotas.
MPG still better than most out there. Very reliable until end of main battery life.
Main battery very pricey if/when it fails. Limited cargo capacity and weight capacity. Low clearance especially on rough/dirt roads.